(Bloomberg) -- The Republican Party's recurring dilemma -- jump into the deep end of the ideological pool and drown, or just dip your toe in and pretend you're all wet? -- was evident in Representative Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss last week. Some blame Cantor's primary loss to an obscure economics professor on Cantor's inattention to his Virginia district. Others cite immigration or Cantor's establishment posture and Wall Street ties. I blame Ronald Reagan.
Other than tax cuts for people who don't need them, there are only two things that unite the fractious Republican coalition right now: irrational hatred of President Barack Obama and reflexive adoration of Reagan. Neither helps.
Two days after Cantor's defeat, the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House Republicans' campaign organization, used its blog to celebrate the 27th anniversary of Reagan's speech in Berlin urging Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down this wall!"
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